Goodyear has become the sole tyre supplier of the LMP2 class in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series.
Multi-year Partnership between Goodyear, FIA WEC and ELMS
Goodyear has been chosen as the official tyre supplier to the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) category of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and European Le Mans Series (ELMS).
A multi-season contract between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the FIA World Endurance Championship and Goodyear was agreed following ACO’s decision to appoint a single tyre supplier for this highly competitive Le Mans Prototype class. This reinforces the relationship between the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the leading World and European endurance championships and one of the most successful tyre companies in the history of motorsport.
This summer, Goodyear announced its return to European and International sportscar racing by supplying tyres to selected partners in the LMP2 class of WEC. An impressive comeback victory with the JOTA team was claimed at the third round of the championship, the 4 hours of Shanghai, last month. The new contract, to supply all the WEC teams in the LMP2 class, begins with the 8-round 2020/2021 season which starts at Silverstone next September, before continuing across four continents around the world, and has its climax at the 24 hours of Le Mans in June 2021, a race which Goodyear–equipped cars have won outright on 14 occasions.
The LMP2 official tyre partnership with ELMS, the world’s leading continental endurance racing series, will begin in April 2021. In ELMS, the LMP2 category is the top tier of a multiclass championship that races at six of Europe’s top circuits. The partnership means that all LMP2 entrants in the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, including cars from outside of WEC and ELMS, will benefit from the latest developments in Goodyear Racing tyres. In addition, Goodyear will also increase its brand visibility on and off the track to support its launch of the latest range of Eagle F1 SuperSport tyres, featuring motorsport-derived technology.
Mike Rytokoski, Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Consumer EMEA at Goodyear said: “Goodyear has a long and remarkable history in motorsport. In addition to our unbeaten record in Formula One with 368 Grand Prix wins, we have 14 overall wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This partnership allows us to showcase our technology, durability and performance in the most famous endurance race in the world. We are proud to have been chosen for this challenge.”